John Young (DD 973) - Naval Cruise Book

 - Class of 1988

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Commander Sherman E. Wright Jr., USN Command at Sea " Only a seaman realizes t o what extent an entire ship re- flects the personality and ability of one individual, her Com- manding Officer. To a landsman this is not understandable and at times it is even difficult for us to comprehend, but it is so! A ship at sea is a distinct world in herself and in consider- ation of the protracted and distant operations of the fleet units, the Navy must place great power, responsibility, and trust in the hands of those leaders chosen for command. In each ship there is one man who, in the hour of emer- gency or peri! at sea, can turn to no other man. There is one alone who is ultimately responsible for the safe navigation, engineering performance, accurate gunfire and morale of his ship. He is the Commanding Officer. He is the ship. This is the most difficult and demanding assignment in the Navy. There is not an instance during his tour as Com- manding Officer that he can escape the grasp of command responsibility. His privileges in view of his obligations are al- most ludicrously small; nevertheless, command is the spur which has given the Navy its great leaders. It is a duty which most richly deserves the highest, time honored title of the seagoing world . . . CAPTAIN. " JOSEPH CONRAD Commander .Sherman E. Wright, Jr. was born in San Mateo. Cali- fornia. He was graduated from the United .States Naval Academy and commissioned Ensign on 6 June 1968. His first assignment was aboard the USS BAUSELL (DD 84.5) as ASW Officer. His next assignment was new construction duty as the commissioning ASW Officer in USS VREELAND (FF 1068). In 1971 he served in Vietnam as a Naval Advisor and then reported to the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. Upon completion of studies he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Engineering Acoustic s (underwater physics). He then reported to Destroyer .School and subsequently served as Weapons Officer in USS TATTNALL (DDG 19). In 1977 Commander Wright reported to Commander, U. S. Taiwan Defense Command as Flag Lieutenant and Naval Aide. His next assign- ment was in USS TARAWA (LH A 1 ) as CIC NTDS Officer. Following this tour he reported to new construction duty as commissioning Execu- tive Officer in USS CHANDLER (DDG 996). In 1983 he reported to Washington, D.C. where he was assigned to the Surface Combat .Systems Division (OP 3.5) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Surface Warfare). He performed duties as Program Coordinator for the SPY-1 B D radar, the Vertical Launching System (VLS), and re- search and development efforts for the Standard missile program. Commander Wright has been awarded eighteen medals, including the Meritorious Service Medal. He is married to the former Shannon Coey of Bozeman, MT. They have two children. Jennifer Jean and Christopher.

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Ship ' s Coat of Arms The coat of arms of USS JOHN YOUNG (DD-97:5) serves as a heraldic reminder of the ship ' s namesake, Captain John Young. The shield of the coat of arms is a tricolor design. The upper portion is per fess gules (scar- let) and the lower portion is independence hlue. These are separated by a wavy bar in white. John Young was appointed in the Continental Navy from Philadelphia in 1776 and received his Captain ' s commission in October of that year. During much of his period of service he was associated with France who was then helping the fledgling American nation in their strug- gle for independence. This is represented by the golden fleur-de-lis in the upper part of the shield. In August of 1780, while enroute from French Marti- nique to the United States aboard the 18 gun sloop-of- war SARATOGA, Captain Young captured four enemy vessels after a severe engagement with two of them at one time. This deed is symbolized by the wavy bar with four stars. On 20 March 1780, Captain Young ' s ship, the SAR- ATOGA, sailing in the company of French and American ships, became separated in a storm and was never seen again. The loss at sea of Captain Young and his crew is symbolized by the anchor without cable. The tricolor de- sign alludes to the national colors of both the L ' nited States and her Revolutionary War ally, France. The mast with sail hoisted is symbolic of the Conti- nental sloop-of-war SARATOGA, Captain Young ' s last command. The coat of arms of the early American family Young is represented by the red rose on the sail. The ship ' s motto, " Prends La Mer Avec Courage " , meaning " Set Sail with Courage " serves as an inspirat ion for the men who serve aboard the USS JOHN YOUNG. The Commission Pennant The origin of the commission pennant is said to dale to the 17th century, when the Dutch were fighting the English. Admiral Tromp hoisted a broom at his masthead to indicate his intention to sweep the English from the sea. The gesture was soon answered by the p]nglish Admiral who hoisted a horsewhip, to indicate his intention to chastise the Dutch. The British carried out their boast and ever since the narrow, or coachwhip, pennant (symbolizing the original horse- whip) has been the distinctive mark of a ship of war and has been adopted by all nations.

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Lieutenant Commander Melvin C. Lyons, USN E X u t V e Officer i W ,!llt. w â– lli Lieutenant Commander Lyons was horn in Phoenix, Arizona. He was graduated from the Officer ' s Candidate School, Newport. Rhode Lsland. and commissioned P nsign on Ki February 197:i. His first assignment was Naval Communications Station (Ireece, Nea Makri, Greece as Communications Watch Officer after graduating from Naval Communications School, Newport, [{hode Island. His next assignment was on board USS DAVIS (DD 9. ' J7) as Gunnery Officer and Navigator from -July 1974 to February 1977. In 1977 he attended Surface Warfare Officer Department Head courses in Newport, Rhode Island and then was a.ssigned to USS KINKAII) (DI) 96. ' ' )) as Weapons Officer from February 1978 to February 1980 and to USS FREDER- ICK (LST 1184) from -luly 1980 to April 1982. Following these tours, he reported to .Surface Warfare Officer ' s School, Newport, Rhode Is- land where he was assigned as an Instructor in the Combat Systems Division of the Department Head Training Department. In 1984, he reported to the staff of Commander, Cruiser-Destroyer Group THRKK where he was assigned as Combat .Systems Officer. Lieutenant Commander Lyons has been awarded seven medals, in- cluding the Navy Commendation Medal. He is married to the former Alida Johnson of Wantagh, New York. They have four children, Kris- tina, Neil, Victoria and Eric.

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